Army reservist Master Sgt. Du'shon Davis, 38, of Glenwood, Ill., greets an old friend, Norman Thomas, 43, of Chicago, as Davis' son, D.J., 12 (right) looks on at a "Welcome Home" event for war veterans at the UIC Forum in Chicago on Sunday. The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center hosts this event for veterans who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Davis has been deployed three times: the first time September 2004 to March 2006 to Iraq; the second time from July 2006 to June 2007 to Iraq; and the third time from November 2007 to November 2008 to Kuwait and is currently preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010 with his Army Reserve unit from Darien, Ill. Davis was attending the event to collect information for some of the men in his unit, who he says are homeless or unemployed.
Tribune photo by José M. Osorio